I am so, so sick over the tax cuts bullshit and I don’t even know what to do except curl up in my office and cry. I work with non-profits for older adults, as I’ve said before, and this bill is going to hurt older adults so much if the PAYGO kicks in with the deficit increase (and everyone else too!!, but this is the world I know). Here’s JUST SOME of the things that affect older adults (and also some PWD):

  • $25B cut from Medicare each year.
  • The Social Services Block Grant, gone. That funds ALL of Adult Protective Services in 37 states, some adult day services, some senior centers, some of Meals on Wheels, and a whole host of other services for adults and children.
  • The Prevention and Public Health Fund, gone. That funds a shit-ton of PH stuff for everyone, and also falls prevention programs (which, falls cost Medicare in the billions each year), chronic disease self management, and Alzheimer’s research
  • A bunch of smaller programs like SHIPs (that program helps older adults figure out how to enroll in Medicare), some area agency on aging funding, Senior Medicare Patrol (Medicare fraud and abuse prevention), gone.
  • The Crime Victims Fund, gone. That pays restitution to crime victims, including victims of elder abuse.

Every senior should be enraged by this and calling their Senators—they’re such influential people because they VOTE. (Everyone should be!!, but those are my peeps.) I’m trying to get it across to folks but they don’t GET IT or don’t want to.